“Kustawi Alkebulan - Thriving in Africa”
This was the theme of the virtual Round Square Conference on 6th March in Kenya with a focus on mental health and how the global pandemic may have affected the wellbeing of young people.
During the pre-conference meeting, Aiglon's six delegates were given the task to design a poster with a mental health focus, either from their school, personal background or cultural heritage. Consequently, Tilly and Peonie took a Swiss approach and made receding glaciers and global warming the focus of their presentation. Floris and Maria aimed to encourage open conversations and dialogue about issues surrounding transgender perception and sexuality, whilst Anastais and Luba discussed gender equality and the role of women in modern Russia. All students clearly explained how these issues might affect anxiety, concerns, stress and feelings of powerlessness or low self-esteem.
During the conference itself, one of the main focus points was resilience and strategies on how to develop this further by open conversations and changing the perspective of challenges that one might face. Keynote speakers and "baraza group" discussions were insightful and engaging. Overall, it a very worthwhile experience for students. Despite limitations on travel, the chance to engage on important issues with other students around the world is a special opportunity.
Watch this space for the forthcoming International Youth Summit in Transylvania.
Written by Mr Krueger, Aiglon's Round Square Coordinator